Former school official convicted for explicit messages to student

The Macomb Daily

By Jameson Cook, The Macomb Daily
POSTED: 09/18/17

A high school administrator was convicted of two counts and acquitted of two counts related to sending explicit electronic messages to a student at the school.

Joseph P. Sturza, 50, the former admissions officer at Austin Catholic High School when it was located in Ray Township, was found guilty of child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime following a four-day trial in Macomb County Circuit Court, according to court records. The school has since relocated to a new site in Chesterfield Township.

Each charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Sturza, a Macomb Township resident, was acquitted of the lesser charges of accosting a child for immoral purposes, punishable by up to four years behind bars, and using a computer to commit a crime, punishable by up to seven years in prison, records say.

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